Progress on Kintore shops welcomed

Sainsbury's plan to open a Sainsbury's Local similar to the one pictured, at Midmill, Kintiore
Sainsbury's plan to open a Sainsbury's Local similar to the one pictured, at Midmill, Kintiore

East Garioch councillor Martin Ford has welcomed the progress being made at the new Sainsbury’s and other businesses in the new retail and commercial units being built at Midmill in Kintore.

Cllr Ford has been in communication with both the developer and Sainsbury’s representative seeking an update on their Midmill development.

As was reported in the Herald in February last year, the new Kintotre store will be the first to be located in Aberdeenshire, Sainsbury’s currently have five stores in the North-east, all located in Aberdeen.

Commenting at the time Andy Davies, Sainsbury’s Regional Acquisitions Manager said, “Aberdeenshire is somewhere we have long held a desire to have a Sainsbury’s and this should be a real vote of confidence for Kintore that this will be our first.”

Cllr Ford said, “I’m told good progress is being made. Work has started on site and the steel frame for the new building should be going up in early May. The developer expects to hand over the central retail unit to Sainsbury’s in late summer. Sainsbury’s representative has confirmed to me they plan to open by late autumn 2015.

“The other units at Midmill are expected to be occupied by a dentist, a hairdresser and a café/take-away. A dental surgery is clearly also a significant welcome addition for the town.”

The planning application for ‘demolition of existing buildings and erection of four retail/commercial units (including use class 1 and 2) and hot-food take-away unit with associated car park and landscaping at site at Midmill, Kintore’ was agreed by the Garioch Area Committee in August last year.

The site had had planning permission for retail use since 2005.

Cllr Ford said, “The site at Midmill is one the Council agreed long ago as being suitable for retail. It is within the town and close to expected future housing sites.

“There is no doubt that the additional housing in Kintore has meant more shops and other facilities for the community are badly needed.

“It has been frustrating that planning permissions have previously been given for retail developments in Kintore, but nothing has actually been built.

“Clearly, the Midmill proposal is going ahead, and that will be widely welcomed locally.”